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Nancy Bellzona's Picture Book
The Arkansas Family - Joseph Hubbard Jones, Nancy Bellzona Collins Jones

Joseph Hubbard Jones, Nancy Bellzona Collins JonesOctober 21, 1921

On the back of the snapshot it says, "where Joe asked Bell to marry him in Harrison, Arkansas 1889. This picture taken October 1921.

The family there is Harrison remembered this visit. They spoke of Joe as being a "dapper" little man, small in stature.

Bell's remaining aged nieces remember her as being different from her sisters. Others remember her as being harder than nails. Some say, "she was something! She sure was something." Bell loved poetry and this was probably the only recreation she had. She didn't like "churchy women." The result of this was she had few friends in the little towns where they lived. Many social events revolved around the church house. She was a strong Christian and she did attend church regularly in her youth. One story was told over and over about how she had painted a hat with shoe polish to match her outfit, only to be caught in the rain and have it run down her face in little riverlets.

She read her Bible so much that it now, falls open too easily to places where her favorite verses were. One verse being, "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." There are pressed flowers on different places in her old Bible. Jewel Wagner, her niece commented, "probably from funerals."

Bell probably made this entire outfit, even to the beads she has strung at her neck. Her feet were very tiny and narrow. The day she died they were setting at the edge of her bed. The observation was that even a nine-year-old child could not have been able to put them on.

Nancy Bellzona Collins Jones on the right with dark hair.  Her sister, Aletha Artemis Collins, Mrs. Nathaniel Hobson on the left. This would have been taken around the time Bell lived at Ralston before 1920 when they moved to the ranch out of Foraker, Oklahoma.



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